Svegliato Named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Justin Svegliato
Justin Svegliato

Justin Svegliato, a second-year Ph.D. student in the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), has been awarded a highly competitive 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

The NSF fellowship program recruits high-potential scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers, providing awardees with support for graduate research training in STEM fields. NSF selected just 2,000 awardees from over 12,000 fellowship applicants in 2018.  

Svegliato's fellowship will support his research in automated reasoning. He is especially interested in metareasoning techniques that enable an intelligent system to monitor and control its own thought process to produce effective action in a timely manner. His recent work focuses on developing an approach that finds the optimal stopping point of an anytime algorithm using online performance prediction.

Prior to joining the CICS doctoral program in 2016, Svegliato worked as a software engineer at Goldman Sachs. He received a B.S. in computer science and philosophy from Marist College in 2014, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class.  

He is currently a research assistant for professor Shlomo Zilberstein in the CICS Resource-Bounded Reasoning Lab.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) was launched in 1952 and is the oldest, continuous contribution towards the future of America's STEM workforce. The program gives those pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree in a STEM field a  $34,000 annual stipend along with a $12,000 allowance to cover tuition costs and fees. Fellows are awarded these funds annually for three years during their education.